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Learn to Fly
7 day IFR Rating
from Pilot's Radio Communication Guide, February 2004
Thanks to “RR” from Tampa Tracon for assistance in preparing this.
1. Repeat your clearance exactly as given, particularly headings and altitudes. "Cleared for takeoff, Runway 5" or "090, two thousand VFR, Cleared ILS 5 approach"
2. Learn how to check in with the next controller. Examples:
3. Use proper pronunciation for letters and numbers. November not Nancy. Bravo not Baker. Q like Quebec (Keb-beck) not Cuba.
4. When receiving traffic advisories, your response is one of these two options. Forget the World War II phraseology because you sound stupid saying "Tally ho good chap".
6. If you'd like to get an IFR clearance in the air, provide your current position & altitude and departure airport on the flight plan. Contact FSS by radio to air-file.
7. If ATC calls you, answer. Don't leave the frequency without letting them know. Whatever you do, don't turn the volume down, they'd like you to be able to hear them when they are calling you with a traffic alert. If you are enroute and you haven't heard them in a while, ask for the altimeter setting to be sure you're still in contact.
8. If you are in trouble, be clear about it. "We might have a problem" is different than "We are low on fuel and wish to declare an emergency." Don't worry about the consequences of declaring an emergency, your safety is far too important.
9. Eliminate extraneous terminology such as beginning every transmission with “And…” and using “With you…” (See #2) Be as brief and clear as possible when communicating your message. Your friendly air traffic controller appreciates it.
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